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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Jun 12, 2013 9:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: updated -- Colorado is burning like hell again

Colorado is burning again! - version 2.0 - June 12, 2013

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this home burned down yesterday in a few minutes

Last year's High Park fire nearby me in Fort Collins destroyed nearly 260 homes and burned over 85,000 acres. The Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs last year destroyed nearly 350 homes. I'm guessing home values there averaged $250,000.

About 50 homes were destroyed yesterday in the new Black Forest fire. These homes are sitting on 5 and 10 acre plots. They appear to be multi-million-dollar homes. The Black Forest Fire continues to burn homes and land north of Colorado Springs this morning. Images from Air-Tracker 7 helicopter showed homes engulfed in flames at 8 a.m. today. The fire has burned more than 8,000 acres El Paso County spokesman Dave Rose said today. Crews are fighting the fire on multiple fronts but there is not a single fire line, Rose said. The evacuation area includes about 24,000 acres and impacts 6,426 people who live in the area. At least 60 homes are estimated to have burned by the incident commander, Rose said. Officials said yesterday that the number is likely to grow. "You can easily assume it's higher than that," El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said.

A wildfire sparked by lightning Monday in Rocky Mountain National Park quickly grew to an estimated 300 to 400 acres Tuesday (yesterday). In the afternoon Fort Collins was all smoky from this fire. Temps were 101 degrees in Denver yesterday. We set a record for the earliest date ever in Colorado for 100-degree temps. The humidity was 2% at Black Forest and we had strong gusty winds all over the place. The temp in Lamar, Colorado yesterday was 110. We had this same shit last year at this time. This news article summarizes the FOUR Forest Fires burning in Colorado today.

Discussion Thread on GD Forum for last year's fires in Colorado



This post was modified by Monte B Cowboy on 2013-06-12 16:30:42

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Poster: jgIynn1.2 Date: Jun 12, 2013 1:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: updated -- Colorado is burning like hell again

Stay Safe!!

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jun 13, 2013 1:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: updated -- Colorado is burning like hell again

Lots to be said for adobe construction techniques.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jun 12, 2013 10:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: updated -- Colorado is burning like hell again

My Dad lives in Falcon which is East of Colorado Springs and South of this fire. Apparently he's on pre evacuation notice. Everybody I know down there is telling me how brutal it is down there already hitting 100 ( whcih normally doesn't happen until July or August ). I was considering moving back a couple of years ago and all I can say is I'm glad I didn't.

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Jun 13, 2013 9:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: updated -- Colorado is burning like hell again

BLACK FOREST — The evacuation zone for the Black Forest fire was expanded early this morning because of "dynamic changing conditions," the sheriff's office said. The Black Forest fire burning north of Colorado Springs has now consumed 15,000 acres, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said at a news conference early today.

Overnight, sheriff's deputies went door-to-door in the expanded evacuation area.

The evacuation area includes 94,000 acres and 13,000 homes as of this morning. Some 38,000 people have been evacuated.

The Black Forest fire has destroyed at least 360 homes. No wildfire in Colorado history has destroyed more homes. The previous record was set in the Waldo Canyon fire west of Colorado Springs in 2012. It destroyed 347 homes.

Weather forecast there today is mid-90s, windy, red-flag conditions, 20% chance t-storms.

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_23451177/black-forest-fire-evacuation-zone-expands-winds-lightning

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jun 12, 2013 2:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: updated -- Colorado is burning like hell again

Wish you could have some of our rain... in the greater NYC area, the ground is saturated, the reservoirs are full from almost a week of rain.... and tomorrow is supposed to bring 3" or more with flooding likely. Wishing you well, Monte.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jun 12, 2013 6:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: updated -- Colorado is burning like hell again

And here the "hot dry season" has morphed into too-early monsoon. The monsoon isn't due for another month, but we've had waves-in-the-street kinda rain. Not good for farmers to have the seasons messed up like that. Colorado can have our rain, too.